Fantasy & Gothic Blog

Short Story Submissions: Haunted House | Cosy Crime

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

UPDATE: SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THESE ANTHOLOGIES

We're excited to open for submissions to the first two of four anthologies set for publication in 2019: Haunted House and Cosy Crime. These will join a thriving list of Gothic Fantasy titles, including Supernatural Horror, Robots & Artificial Intelligence, Dystopia Utopia, and more. Again, we are looking for around twenty to thirty short stories by contemporary writers to complement a selection of classic tales in these anthologies. We are keen to encourage new writers, without prejudice to age, background or previous publication history. It’s the story that matters, and the quality of writing.

Submit by email to 2018@flametreepublishing.com

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories, crime,, horror

Gothic Dreams: Mermaids Through History

Posted by Matteo MIddlemiss

Mermaids have a long history that dates back almost as far as the first humans. Early human civilisations saw gods and magic everywhere. Whether it be on the top of unscalable mountains or in the deepest darkest caves, magical creatures lurked in every corner of the ancient world. Due to the importance of water for survival, many early humans lived near rivers, oceans and lakes. This was the perfect combination to conjure up mermaids.

In this blog we thought we’d look at some of the most famous representations of mermaids in history! From dangerous ancient sirens to modern Disney princesses, mermaids have taken many forms…

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Topics: gothic dreams, Gothic Fantasy, blog, mermaid, mermaids

Gothic Fantasy: Successful Submissions | Lost Souls; Robots & Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

We are delighted to present the authors featured in our upcoming Lost Souls and Robots & Artificial Intelligence anthologies, the latest books in the series of Gothic Fantasy short story collections. Once again, our call for submissions was met with a good response: with over 1200 stories to read, and only around 3% of those chosen for publication in the anthologies, it has been tough to narrow down the final selection. Nevertheless, we’re excited about the final results, due for publication this September. In the usual mix of classic and new fiction, Lost Souls hosts an array of restless, drifting or trapped spirits searching for connection and existence in this plane, or another. And, presenting lost souls of its own kind, Robots & Artificial Intelligence delves into the world of advanced technology, with tales that cast light (and doubt) on what it means to be human in realities and futures not so different from our own.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, submissions, gothic, robots, lost souls

Gothic Fantasy | Bram Stoker Horror Stories

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Next in our series of blogs delving behind the curtain of our Gothic Fantasy companion titles, we take a look at Bram Stoker Horror Stories. This exciting new collection is due to be published any day now.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Bram Stoker

Alien Invasion | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

In the first part of this Q&A, authors featured in our new Alien Invasion anthology spoke about the inspirations behind their story. Today, we hear from them about their writing methods and the other Alien Invasion-themed stories that have really stuck with them the most. Like the previous books in the series, the new stories in this anthology will be accompanied by classic fiction from the genre: as well as the seminal work The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, short stories and novel extracts from Voltaire, Jonathan Swift, A. Merritt and more will make an appearance – you can see the full list of included authors here, in what promises to be an exciting line-up of otherworldly creations

  

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories, gothic horror, submissions, alien, gothic

Alien Invasion | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Alien Invasion, the next book in our Gothic Fantasy anthology series, brings together a mix of adventure, horror, humour and sadness in short stories that explore what we imagine outside of ourselves and our world. Whether it’s an attempt to colonise new territory, an impulse to reach out and welcome, or a response to perceived threat, the complex dynamics at play are brought to the fore in these striking tales. Below, contemporary authors featured in the anthology shed light on the inspirations behind their story…  

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories, short fiction, submissions, alien

Endless Apocalypse | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

With the short story anthology Endless Apocalypse all set to hit bookshelves this month, it’s time to hear more from the book’s authors for the second part of their Q&A! In our last blog, they shared details of the inspirations behind their featured story; here, they reveal treasured tales from the genre that have stayed with them, and the various methods they use to create their own work. As with other anthologies in the Gothic Fantasy series, the collection features classic tales too: this time the likes of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and William Hope Hodgson, as well as a retelling of an ancient Babylonian myth, sit alongside the contemporary authors in their stories of thrilling voyages through and beyond the end of the world.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories, art submissions

Endless Apocalypse | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

March sees our Gothic Fantasy anthology range extended to include two new titles: Endless Apocalypse and Alien InvasionA tome of haunting apocalyptic visions, the former of these collects fascinating tales of survival, desolation, and the undead: apocalypses personal and global, that scar landscape and character alike. To sate our appetite until the book's release, some of the anthology's authors have stepped in to shed light on how their story ideas came to fruition...

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories, short fiction, submissions

Gothic Fantasy | Edgar Allan Poe Short Stories

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

This week’s blog turns its attention to our Edgar Allan Poe Short Stories collection – another of the companion titles to our popular, and ever-growing, Gothic Fantasy short story anthologies. Whilst the latter combine classic fiction with exciting contemporary writers; these companion titles focus on one key author from the history of the genre.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, edgar allan poe

Gothic Fantasy | Sherlock Holmes Collection

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Today’s blog continues our look at our companion titles to our popular, and ever-growing, Gothic Fantasy short story anthologies. Whilst the latter combine classic fiction with exciting contemporary writers; these companion titles focus on one key author from the history of the genre.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, arthur conan doyle, sherlock, sherlock holmes

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